1. Continuing Education

Classes & Ensembles

Music is a communal affair. At SFCM, we encourage collaboration and conversation, sparking the artistic and intellectual engines that make learning worthwhile and engaging. Discover your talent and feed your mind with Continuing Education courses in history and performance.

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II - 2067

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm, November 21 to December 19, 2016
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $270
Pianists will work weekly on solo repertoire and ensemble pieces (4-hands or two-piano). Study may also include "practice techniques", sight-reading, piano technique etc, as needed.

Prerequisite: Piano II or instructor approval

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session I and AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II can be taken as one contiguous course. Session II is a continuation of Session I, though students may sign up for one or the other depending on his or her personal schedule.

If you have not previously taken AE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu to ask about evaluation.

Continuing Education

Classes and Ensembles

Music Theory

Introduction to Musicianship and Music Theory

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Wednesdays from September 18 to November 20
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 319
Cost: $350

This introductory music theory and ear training course will help students develop their inner sense of pitch, rhythm, and musicianship through written theory, dictation, and sight-singing practice. In a supportive classroom environment, students will perform singing and rhythm exercises as a group and individually, as well as write down dictation exercises. We will discuss practice techniques and take-aways that can be used well after this 10-week course.

Students must bring a 3-ring binder for class handouts, manuscript paper, and pencils. All other course materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Musicianship and Music Theory 1

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Tuesdays from September 17 to November 19
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 201
Cost: $350

Musicianship & Music Theory 1 will give students the tools to connect music theory concepts to the repertoire they love. This class will focus on tonic, predominant and dominant harmony, analysis of phrases, and rhythms and melodies in both simple and compound meter, with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

Students must bring a 3-ring binder for class handouts, manuscript paper, and pencils. All other course materials will be provided by the instructor.

Prior knowledge of music theory is recommended. While we will review these topics at the first class, a good working understanding of key signatures and Roman numeral harmonic analysis is a general prerequisite. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Musicianship and Music Theory 2

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 7 - 8:30 PM on Tuesdays from September 17 to November 19
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 201
Cost: $350

In Musicianship & Music Theory 2, students will analyze select works from the classical music canon, and will be encouraged to bring pieces they wish to study to class. In this class, we will do a deep dive into tonicization, modulation, expanded musical forms, and rhythmic syncopation and two-part rhythms, with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

Students must bring a 3-ring binder for class handouts, manuscript paper, and pencils. All other course materials will be provided by the instructor.

Prior knowledge of music theory is required. While we will review these topics at the first class, fluency in sight singing and a good working understanding of phrase and harmonic analysis is a general prerequisite. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Guitar

Community Guitar Ensemble

Instructor: Scott Cmiel
Dates: 7-8 PM on Wednesdays from September 4 to November 20 (12 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 207
Cost: $240

Community Guitar Ensemble consists of Bay Area guitarists interested in performing ensemble works in a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Under the direction of Scott Cmiel, the guitar ensemble prepares for a public performance at the end of each semester.

Each member will be assigned one of four parts and play together in a section with others playing the same part. We want players of all levels to be able to participate so while some members will play difficult music others will have their parts adjusted so they can play beautifully and with an expressive interpretation. Everyone is asked to learn their part before each meeting so during rehearsal we can work on the interpretation of each piece.

There is no need to be a virtuoso - good tone, good memory, and enthusiastic attitude are all that’s required.

If you have any questions about the orchestra please contact Scott Cmiel at scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu

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Cello

Advanced Cello Ensemble

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: 7 - 8:30 PM every other Tuesday from September 24 to December 17 (7 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 207
Cost: $265

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs.

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Piano

Class Piano I

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:40-9 PM on Wednesdays from September 18 to November 20 (10 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C07
Cost: $385

Learn to play the piano through understanding how chords and scales come together in music. Beginning with music notation (reading rhythm and intervals), Piano I progresses through major and minor chords, to major scales and their key signatures. Students will learn to play simple classical pieces, as well as melodies with added chords.

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I, by Stecher and Horowitz. ISBN: 0–7935–5291-5

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Class Piano II

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6:10-7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 18 to November 20 (10 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C07
Cost: $385

A continuation of Class Piano I, this class further explores the interaction of chords and major scales (chord progressions, harmonization of melodies and chordal accompaniment), while adding minor scales and seventh chords.

Students will study solo repertoire of their choice, with an informal presentation at the final class.

In addition, students are encouraged to bring solo repertoire of their choice.  

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I by Stecher and Horowitz. ISBN: 0–7935–5291–5

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Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Mondays from September 16 to November 4 (8 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 507
Cost: $325

Pianists work on both solo repertoire and ensemble pieces, focusing on analysis, practice techniques, and performance preparation.

Ensemble music will be chosen the first day (dust up on your sight-reading!) and weekly practice will lead to a performance opportunity in the Osher Salon.

If you have not previously taken CE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu.

Enrollment limited to 6 pianists.

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Voice

Mouthscape Choir

Instructor: Robert Chastain
Dates: 10 AM - 12 PM on Fridays from September 13 to December 13
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 512
Cost: $200

Founded in 2017, Mouthscape is a collaborative a cappella choir focused on championing new works. Meeting two hours weekly, this ensemble rehearses and performs side-by-side with collegiate students, focusing on works written particularly by SFCM faculty, alumni, and students. The ensemble will also serve as a lab chorus for various projects for the SFCM Composition Department during the academic year.

An audition is required to join this ensemble. Please send an email to mouthscape@gmail.com to inquire about an audition.

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Vocal Performance

Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Wednesdays from September 4 to December 4 (13 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $675

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive master class setting. The primary focus is classical: from art song to opera, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form accompanied by an SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces, with sheet music, to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. There are also opportunities to explore ensemble repertoire and opera scenes if desired. The series culminates in a public performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. This class is available to students of any level.

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

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Vocal Performance: Advanced

Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: 7 - 8:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 4 to December 4 (13 classes)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $675

This class is for advanced singers only. A minimum of 3 years of private voice lessons and some stage performance experience required. This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive master class setting. The primary focus is classical: from art song to opera, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form accompanied by an SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces, with sheet music, to perform each class (memorization required) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. We may also create ensembles or scenes with 2 or more singers from opera, oratorio, or art song. The series culminates in a public performance in the SFCM Recital Hall.

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Students must pass a preliminary audition in order to register for this class. If you cannot pass that audition, you are not guaranteed a spot. Please contact Heidi Moss at hmoss@sfcm.edu to arrange the audition.

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Technology and Applied Composition

Pro Tools User Certification 101, 110

Instructor: Matt Levine
Dates: Summer 2020 - TBD
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, S01
Cost: $2,500

This intensive course will introduce the fundamentals of modern music production in AVID Pro Tools. Students will learn the basic principles needed to complete a Pro Tools project from initial setup to final mixdown. Whether a project involves multi-track recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio looping, this course provides real-world examples and frequent hands-on assignments designed to teach how to record, edit, and mix on a basic level. The objective of this course is to prepare students to take two online examinations required to become an AVID "Pro Tools Certified User." Upon successful completion of the final exams, students will receive Pro Tools 12 User Certification.

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